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A qualitative exploration of school-based staff's experiences of delivering an alcohol screening and brief intervention in the high school setting: findings from the SIPS JR-HIGH trial

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Grant McGeechan, Dr Steph Scott, Dr Ruth McGovernORCiD, Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor Eileen KanerORCiD



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© The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health.BACKGROUND: Whilst underage drinking in the UK has been declining in recent years, prevalence is still higher than in most other Western European countries. Therefore, it is important to deliver effective interventions to reduce risk of harm. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with staff delivering an alcohol screening and brief intervention in the high-school setting. The analysis was informed by normalization process theory (NPT), interviews were open coded and then a framework applied based on the four components of NPT. RESULTS: Five major themes emerged from the analysis. The majority of participants felt that the intervention could be useful, and that learning mentors were ideally suited to deliver it. However, there was a feeling that the intervention should have been targeted at young people who drink the most. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention was generally well received in schools and seen as an effective tool for engaging young people in a discussion around alcohol. However, in the future schools need to consider the level of staffing in place to deliver the intervention. Furthermore, the intervention could focus more on the long-term risks of initiating alcohol consumption at a young age.

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Author(s): McGeechan GJ, Giles EL, Scott S, McGovern R, Boniface S, Ramsay A, Sumnall H, Newbury-Birch D, Kaner E, the SIPS JR-HIGH Study Team

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Public Health

Year: 2019

Volume: 41

Issue: 4

Pages: 821-829

Print publication date: 01/12/2019

Online publication date: 29/10/2018

Acceptance date: 03/08/2018

Date deposited: 07/01/2020

ISSN (print): 1741-3842

ISSN (electronic): 1741-3850

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy184

PubMed id: 30371806


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